The final group of local and international artists have been selected to create individual works of art for Fayetteville’s upcoming public art project, Green Candy.
Experience Fayetteville, which is presenting the event, has appointed global creative house Justkids to create public-art programming for the Fayetteville community. Justkids describes Green Candy as an art action aimed to create community conversations around waste and sustainability through engaging art projects.
Internationally-recognized artists who will join the roster for this pioneer event are :
- Bordalo (Portugal), whose main media to create his artwork is comprised of discarded materials found on cities’ dumpsters, landfills and recycling centers;
- Malaysian-based Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), who creates beautiful and compelling murals that encourage spectators’ eyes to consider the hidden magic in their urban ecosystems;
- Brazilian wonder-duo Bicicleta Sem Freio, whose bucolic and colorful graphic style brings the essence of primal life to urban landscapes;
- Marina Zumi (Argentina), whose public and studio work considers the importance of natural and cosmic balance.
The line up also includes notable Northwest Arkansas artists Jason Jones of Fayetteville and Gina Gallina of Eureka Springs.
Each of the artists will create either a mural or a three-dimensional piece of art that will be displayed at various locations around downtown Fayetteville.
“We are very pleased with the selection of artists Justkids has chosen,” said Molly Rawn, executive director of Experience Fayetteville. “This combination and diversity of art will provide our community and visitors with exposure to incredible talent, vision and techniques. Through Green Candy, we’re bringing global works to Fayetteville.”
Owner and curator of Justkids, Charlotte Dutoit, expands on the idea behind the project,
“Cities and communities all around the world have a growing stake in developing cultural and conscious conversations around sustainability,” she said. “Going beyond intellectual knowledge and approaching these problems and potential solutions with imagination is, for us, the right approach. Some of the people best suited to help reimagine our consumption and waste behavior are artists and creatives.”
Installation of the art is scheduled the week of Aug. 21 in conjunction with the Fayetteville Roots Festival. Additional and developing information on Green Candy may be found on Experience Fayetteville’s social media sites on Facebook and Instagram.
About Experience Fayetteville
Experience Fayetteville is the convention and visitors bureau for the city of Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is responsible for marketing the city to visitors and achieving a positive economic impact through tourism. Experience Fayetteville oversees the visitors bureau and its store, as well as the Fayetteville Town Center and the historic Clinton House Museum, and the Walker-Stone House. The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission is the governing body of Experience Fayetteville.
About Green Candy
Green Candy is an art action aimed to create community conversations around waste and sustainability through interactive and participatory art. Presented by Experience Fayetteville, this inaugural edition takes place in the heart of Historic Downtown Fayetteville and will activate public spaces with engaging art by international artists Bordalo (Portugal), Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Bicicleta Sem Freio (Brazil) and Marina Zumi (São Paulo). As a result of an open request for proposals, notable Northwest Arkansas artists Gina Gallina and Jason Jones also will join the project lineup, creating site-specific public artwork.
Justkids is a creative house that conceives, produces and promotes comprehensive art projects, on an international scale, with some of the most engaging artists, curators and strategic consultants. Founded in 2014, Justkids supports a diverse team of inspirational pros and upcoming talents to meet the demands of a constantly evolving audience, by delivering public art, gallery shows, artist residencies programs and brand collaboration projects, offering new experiences with top tier visual artists.